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Enclave (Razorland #1)

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New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20's. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimat ...more
Hardcover, 259 pages
Published April 12th 2011 by Feiwel & Friends
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drowningmermaid If you mean "are there sex scenes"? No, there aren't. However, one of the "love interests" is guilty of rape as an accomplice, orchestrating the rape…moreIf you mean "are there sex scenes"? No, there aren't. However, one of the "love interests" is guilty of rape as an accomplice, orchestrating the rape of a minor (but only as an accomplice! So it's totally fine, whee!), so . . . I wouldn't recommend it as a "clean read."(less)

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Lucy
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karen
Nov 09, 2011 karen rated it really liked it
this book has absolutely nothing in common with the hunger games. sure, there are kids who fight, but the circumstances are entirely different. most of the kids in h.g. have not been trained to fight, they are being forced to fight for the entertainment of the capitol. the main character of h.g. is not a girl who has been honed to kill monsters that attack her community, nor one who has been raised in such a sheltered and specific educational-track focused entirely on fighting that emotions are ...more
Lyndsey
So, The Hunger Games had a baby with Fallout. Then, they broke up and The Walking Dead became the new step-parent. Giving rise to the strange child we call Enclave. Isn't she a cwute wittle one?

I had this big stupid flow chart all planned out for this review, but it seems there are like a hundred reasons why it won't work. Well, more like two. Images aren't working correctly on Goodreads at the moment AND I can't find a free site to host such a large image on AND it looks like crap small. Damn.
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
3/29/12 Stop by The Nocturnal Library to read our interview with Ann Aguirre and enter for a chance to win one of 3 books: Enclave, Grimspace or Blue Diablo.


I am happy. I am shocked. I still can’t believe this. Ann Aguirre just got promoted to my favorite author. Ok, maybe not favorite, but close enough. I mean, come on! She writes this fantastic SF series, starting with Grimspace, a very good (if not great) and very unusual UF series with elements of horror (the Corine Solomon series), and no
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Rachel E. Carter
Dec 14, 2014 Rachel E. Carter rated it it was amazing
Shelves: have-paperback
HOLY WOW. WHY HAVE I NOT READ THIS SERIES SOONER? SO MUCH FUN!!! AMAZING PROTAGONIST. AMAZING, CREEPY WORLD. LOVE, LOVE, LOVVVVVE STALKER (even though I know he won't win!). This is SO my type of book, why did I take so long to read it?
Lora
Dec 20, 2010 Lora rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of YA dystopian fiction
Enclave's premise drew my attention more than a lot of the other, more hyped YA dystopias. And I believe that most of it lived up to my expectations.

Enclave starts with Deuce - or rather, at the time, Girl15 - en route to her naming ceremony. In the enclave, your name is merely your gender and an exclusive number. But if you're lucky enough to make it to the age of fifteen, you get a real name.
Six cuts, three on each forearm - these are the marks that make you a Hunter or Huntress. It has been
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Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
2.5 stars out of 5.

The GOOD-

Character development (except later in the book).

When Deuce was underground (at the beginning of the book), the author really took her time to develop her characters. Deuce is a soldier underground. In the beginning, Deuce does what she is told, thinks what she is told and doesn’t question authority. However, it is clear to the reader that there is more to Deuce than her brutal surroundings and life. Fade, her partner, is mysterious not only to Deuce but to everyone
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Wendy Darling
Okay, I'm adding this note because I'm seeing some activity on this review as I'm updating my reading progress in the third book.

I need to reread this one at some point, because reading the sequel Outpost completely changed my perspective on certain issues. My mini reaction to that book is here: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

But for now, my initial reaction to the first book remains below. It's fascinating to see this society that the author created.

2.5 stars I really wanted to like t
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Ceilidh
Dec 06, 2011 Ceilidh rated it did not like it
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Steph Sinclair
Ummm....WOW.

Enclave was a breath a fresh air. If you are looking for a book with lots of action, a strong, ass-kicking heroine, and romance that takes a back seat, Enclave is your book.

This book is marketed towards, "Fans of The Hunger Games." Ummm...why? The only similarities I can possibly see is the strength of the main characters. Katniss and Deuce (how awesome is her name?!) are both hunters and get into a lot of fights. And both books do feature dystopian societies.

Enclave is very fast
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The Holy Terror
This was only the second book I’ve read by Aguirre, with the first being Skin Game, which I was less than impressed with. And yes, I realize I still haven’t read the one series lauded as her best, Sirantha Jax, but I will get to it one of these days. Although Enclave had some great ideas, some very quotable passages, and some fascinating characters, I think it also fell short in a number of ways.

This book tells the story of Deuce; a girl living underground in the tunnels and sewer systems of a p
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Catie
3 1/2 stars

A couple of years ago, I endured read a young adult zombie novel which it seemed might turn me away from the shambling mobs forever. But then, after two years of strict zombie literature abstinence, enter the Goodreads Zombie Advocacy Board: your friendly neighborhood support group, recommendation service, and cheerleaders for all things decomposing and reanimated. So far I’ve read three zombie books this year; a very small percentage, but I think it’s safe to say that the healing has
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Isa Lavinia


TRIGGER WARNING: RAPE AND VICTIM BLAMING


I actually re-read this because the new one came out and I just looked at most of the reviews for this one and thought, "Damn, maybe I was just in a bad mood when I read it."

The re-reading actually made me lower the rating from 2 stars to 1.

The first time I read it I was in the middle of exams, and I wasn't really thinking about what I was reading, it was mostly to get my mind off things for a bit - and it failed even at that, since I only gave it a 2 ba
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Steph Su
Jul 14, 2010 Steph Su rated it did not like it
This book reminded me of why I sometimes HATE when writers for adults attempt to write for younger audiences. People, how many times do I have to remind you that having a good premise and combining that with sloppy worldbuilding, a teenaged protagonist, and a love triangle does NOT automatically qualify a book as YA? I managed to finish ENCLAVE, but only because the whole time I kept on expecting it to get better, for it to eventually blow me away. Well, there was definitely no blowing away: my ...more
oliviasbooks
Post-plague, underground, dystopian fiction set in a smallish, harsh, survival-of-the-fittest society, a deserted, crumbling New York City, unexpected friendship, a hint of romance and super-gory zombies!

"Enclave" turned out to be extremely engrossing. Although, sometimes, I was a little chicken to turn the page and find out what happened next, I craved to return to the story with a feverish intensity each time I decided to shut down my Kindle, since nourishing my body, working for my living an
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Giselle
Apr 06, 2011 Giselle rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, own
This book, you love it, or you hate it. And then there's me.

Enclave starts out as a very captivating, very exciting read. The world building is terrifying; we've got society living underground, talk of barren wastelands and acid rain "Topside", beasts are roaming the tunnels which, let's face it, are zombies. These "Freaks" eat human flesh, they smell and look like death, and they are taking over! I was lost and absorbed by this dreary desolation. Though what makes it the most compelling is the
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Lisa
Feb 24, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it


My Rating: 4 Stars

This is one of those books that I was unsure about. I read through the book not really knowing what to think and by the end I thought to myself, "what a fascinating read".

The world that Ann Aguirre creates is not a pretty one. It is harsh, full of violence and people only survive if they are strong. It is essentially one of the more dismal worlds that I have read about. I still have many questions that remain unanswered especially concerning topside, but I am confident that Ag
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Anagha
Jun 21, 2011 Anagha rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All dystopian fans!
"He'd said the sun could burn me. It certainly looked angry enough, all orange and glowing mad."

"There were different kinds of strength. I knew that now. It didn't always come from a knife or a willingness to fight. Sometimes it came from endurance, where the well ran deep and quiet. Sometimes it came from compassion and forgiveness."

"You could miss someone, but it did no good to fixate on loss. I wished I had the ready words of a Breeder or the ability to comfort with a soft touch. I didn't. In
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Angela
Aug 17, 2014 Angela rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star-reads
HATE

New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has taken to living in underground enclaves, where the life expectancy is no more than the early 20's. The main character is name Deuce, yes Deuce.... She gets this name in a naming ceremony where the towns people gather around, place a bunch of rando items in front of you, cut your arms a bunch of time, and then whatever you bleed on first is your new name. (This is really where the problem started for me.)

I wont
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Kyle
Apr 30, 2011 Kyle rated it it was ok
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Phewf. Glad that one is done. I REALLY didn't enjoy it. I wanted to give up at around %50, but it cost $9 and I was desperately hoping that it would get better. It didn't. This review is full of minor spoilers, but there's really nothing you won't have predicted once you're in a couple chapters.

While planning this novel, I'm assuming the author visited the TVTropes page for every dystopian novel written up to this point and decided to integrate every cliche she could find.
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Nicole
Jun 23, 2015 Nicole rated it really liked it

If I knew this book is about zombies, I wouldn't have read it. And gladly I didn't. The thing is I'm not a zombie fan. It was my first book from this kind cause I hate the movies. Disgusting. I know lots of researchers proved that humans can become zombies and it would have to be caused by a very rare virus or something but although they can truly happen I still dislike to watch/read (or so I thought) anything about them. Anyway, you can guess my surprise when I discovered that Freaks are truly

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Lou
Apr 29, 2011 Lou rated it really liked it
We had Hunger Games to keep us entertained in dystopian adventures and now I think Enclave is a rightfully successor of a story. The main protagonist is a Hunter and all her life she has been breed to Hunt, hunting is all she knows. Equipped with basic tools of killing she kills Freaks amongst other things. She knows not much at all of the upside world, for she has lived underground has not tasted the Sunlight or seen, cars or guns. The Enclave are a gang who consist of Brats, Hunters, Breeders ...more
Keertana
Mar 11, 2012 Keertana rated it it was ok
Enclave is amongst the few dystopian novels that has actually received a level amount of praise from practically everyone. As far as I know, there are no “haters” of Enclave, although there are those that feel simply ambivalent towards the novel, and as such, I went into it fully expecting to love it. Much to my disappointment, however, not only did I not fall in love with this novel, I couldn’t even bring myself to finish it. I was less than hundred pages from the end when I came to sudden real ...more
Mizuki
2.5 to 3 stars, I'm okay with this book and I'm surprised the story isn't as awful and ridiculous as I've recently experienced with the other Young Adult dystopian novels (Legend trilogy by Marie Lu, I'm looking right at you).

Well, the world building does leave many things to be desired, we only know civilization as we know it had broken down sometime ago (a couple of decades ago, or within the last 100 years, I guess?) and now humans are living underground in different 'enclaves' to avoid the
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kris
Jan 31, 2012 kris rated it did not like it
Let me be frank: I wanted to like this book. The premise sounded interesting, even though it's yet another dystopic young adult novel.

Halfway into this book, I was tempted to give it up, but I kept pressing on. A bit farther, and I thought I could see the light at the end of the tunnel--the situation was getting more interesting.

By the end of the book, however, I was livid, disgusted, and annoyed.

Ignoring all the poor world-building, the horribly card-board-like characters, the handling of se
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Katie(babs)
Jul 15, 2010 Katie(babs) rated it liked it
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Peep (Pop! Pop!)
Looks like I'm going to rate this one a little lower than the majority! To be honest, I really liked the way it started out. In fact, throughout the whole book I loved how they reacted when they discovered some of the things we take for granted today. Things like watches, metal spoons, weddings, books.

Doors blocked off tiny rooms, except for the one, where the metal hung askew, revealing a squat chair with a hole in it. Curiosity got the best of me, then overwhelming disgust.

Hahaha!

I liked that
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Kimberly
This book frustrated me so much. The writing was good (despite a few clumsy passages) and it had good world-building, something that has been lacking in so many teen dystopias lately.

But.

This book, the first in a series (of course), is all exposition. It's got an incredibly thin plot that in no way differentiates itself from the multitudes of other dystopias (gang of survivors trying to find the perhaps-mythical land where things don't suck). Nothing really happens. No huge revelation is reached
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Crowinator
I've been getting wary of teen dystopias lately, since it seems like every other book being published is one, and many of them are disappointing, but Enclave gets it right. Sure, it's not doing anything new with the genre in terms of the apocalyptic future and the various ways groups have adapted to survive and their contrasting ways of life, but it's well written and has depth for such a short book. Even better, the book skews way more toward "thriller" than "romance"; while the seeds are sown ...more
Bekah AwesomeBookNut
Dec 17, 2011 Bekah AwesomeBookNut rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-addiction, 2015
Eh, I give it more a 3.5 full review to come...
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Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. She likes all kinds ...more
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